Africa

GWF Paper Discusses Climate Change Impacts on Blue Nile Hydropower Dams [viewed]

Global Water Forum27 November 2012: A paper contributed to the Global Water Forum (GWF) website by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) evaluates the impact of climate change on irrigation and hydropower schemes in the Ethiopian portion of the Blue Nile River.

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FAO Workshop Recommends Actions to Increase Adaptability and Resilience of Lake Chad Region [viewed]

FAO27 November 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the proceedings of a workshop on "Climate change implications for fishing communities in the Lake Chad Basin: What have we learned and what can we do better?"

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UNU Report Highlights Loss and Damage in Five Countries [viewed]

27 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) has released a report on climate-induced loss and damage, based on case studies from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Gambia, Kenya and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The study found that all five countries have suffered climate-induced loss and damage, despite implementing adaptation and coping measures.

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UNFCCC Releases Draft Decision from African States on Enhanced Mitigation [viewed]

UNFCCC28 November 2012: The UNFCCC's Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG LCA) has released a draft decision on enhanced mitigation of developed countries, submitted by the African States (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/CRP.7).

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Global Land Project Report Describes REDD+ Implementation in Africa [viewed]

28 November 2012: A new report from the Global Land Project, with input from the World Agroforestry Center and other partners, documents the current state of forests in Africa and strategies for REDD+ implementation, identifying forest degradation as one of Africa's biggest contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

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Event: Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States [viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This UN conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

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UNITAR Pilots Capacity Building Programme for Climate Negotiators in Doha [viewed]

23 November 2012: In the run up to the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme (MDP) of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and UK climate and energy consultancy Ricardo-AEA held a pilot face to face training workshop in Doha, Qatar, for climate change negotiators.

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UNFCCC Convenes First Gender Day [viewed]

UNFCCC27 November 2012: For the first time, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference has included a Gender Day, convened on 27 November, in Doha, Qatar. The Gender Day aimed to raise awareness of the gender and climate change issues as well as celebrate women and the role they play in addressing climate change, according to the UNFCCC.

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Mitigation and MRV Newsletter Highlights Capacity-building Efforts [viewed]

November 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) has released the second edition of its quarterly Mitigation Newsletter. The October 2012 newsletter features the Partnership's first Autumn School on MRV, as well as a review of capacity-building workshops in Chile, Thailand and Costa Rica.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Draft Decision by 17 Countries on Green Climate Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC29 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a draft decision submitted by 17 countries on arrangements between the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) (FCCC/CP/2012/CRP.1).

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